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Maryland Alert: Strict Breeders Bill to be Heard February 18

(Wednesday, February 04, 2009)

Maryland Senator Lisa Gladden has introduced Senate Bill 318, a bill that aims to strictly regulate dog breeders in Maryland by imposing ownership limits, strict enclosure and exercise requirements, and other requirements. It is imperative that all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in Maryland contact their State Senator and the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which will consider the bill on Wednesday, February 18, and respectfully urge them to oppose SB 318.

The American Kennel Club’s mission includes working to protect the rights of all dog owners and promoting responsible dog ownership. The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC believes that numerical limits do not address the underlying issues of responsible ownership and proper dog care. Instead, the AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs without restricting the rights of owners or breeders who take their responsibilities seriously.

If adopted, SB 318 (For a copy of the full legislation, please click here) would, on the enactment date of October 1, 2009:

  • Mandate the implementation of rigid engineering requirements for enclosures for anyone owning 10 or more intact dogs over 4 months of age without regard to the fiscal impact that such standards would have on targeted breeders or the enforceability of such requirements.
  • Prohibit anyone from owning, possessing, controlling, or have charge or custody more than 50 “breeding” dogs over the age of 4 months at any time.
  • Require detailed exercise regulations for anyone owning 10 or more dogs over 4 months of age. This includes two separate daily 2 hour exercise regimens unless a veterinarian has determined that the dog is medically unable to exercise.
  • Exempt public animal shelters, nonprofit humane societies/animal adoption organizations, veterinary facilities, retail pet stores, research institutions, and boarding facilities from the requirements of this law.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • The American Kennel Club encourages as many responsible dog breeders and owners as possible to attend the committee hearing on February 18. Here are the details:

    Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1:00 p.m.
    2 East, Miller Senate Building
    Annapolis, Maryland 21401

  • We also urge all responsible dog breeders and owners in Maryland to contact their State Senator and the members of Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and respectfully, yet strongly urge them to oppose Senate Bill 318.

For a sample letter to personalize and send, click here

If you do not know who is your Senator, click here.

To e-mail your Senator and members of the committee, click here and select the name of the Senator from the list.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members:

Brian Frosh, Chair
2 East Miller Senate Bldg.
110 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 301-858-3124

Lisa Gladden, Vice- Chair (Also Bill Sponsor)
2 East Miller Senate Bldg.
110 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3697

James Brochin
221 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3648

Jennie Forehand
223 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 301-858-3134

Larry Haines
316 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3683

Nancy Jacobs
420 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3158

Alexander Mooney
402 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 301-858-3575

C. Anthony Muse
304 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 301-858-3092

Jamie Raskin
122 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3634 or 301-858-3634

Bryan Simonaire
414 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3658

Norman Stone, Jr.
216 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Phone: 410-841-3587

RESOURCES:

For tips on how to effectively communicate with legislators, please click here. For a copy of our Disagree Diplomatically brochure, please click here.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Maryland Dog Federation.

For more information on this or other legislation, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.